Friends of Animals Utah

Rating: 4.96 stars   83 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 682155 Park City UT 84068 USA

Mission: Our purpose is to protect and provide for animals while fostering an awareness of their importance in our lives.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am always amazed at the wonderful work FOAU does saving so many animals every year. Our puppy came from Furburbia almost two years ago and we are so glad we could in some way be a part of this organization. I especially appreciate the foster network they have built, not only helping these animals but fostering community as well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

What an incredible organization! We recently adopted our puppy from Friends of Animals and have had the best experience. The environment is very comfortable and clean for the animals and they are clearly well cared for. For humans, the adoption is low pressure and easy. The staff is helpful, knowledgable and truly wants each pet to go to a forever home. They do such a great job of finding fosters and socializing animals allowing them to transition into their new homes as best as possible. Also, the community loves Friends of Animals and that speaks volumes for me. I love that we were able to have our puppy on trial for a few days to be sure that we were the right match for him. It turns out we are and we are thrilled. Friends of Animals takes care of all puppy shots, provides a voucher for a spay/neuter, microchips your pet and sets you up with great tools to welcome your new pet into your home. Most importantly, Friends of Animals saves these wonderful creatures that may otherwise be euthanised in local shelters and provides not only a second chance for them, but an opportunity for us all to play a part in their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting an animal

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This wonderful organization has had an amazingly positive impact on my son Jaret who is autistic. He loves animals and a friend suggested that he volunteer there. This was almost 2 years ago and he looks forward to his time there as much today as when he started. In addition he met and adopted his adult cat Molly and she has changed his life!

Everyone associated with Friends of the Animals is kind, caring, capable and efficient. My son has created friendships and nurtured his love of animals in ways that I could not have imagined without discovering the many services and activities that Friends of Animals offers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive effects that my son's volunteering have had on his life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be hard pressed to come up with any criticism of this fantastic organization. The new director sounds like she will be expanding educational outreach programs for seniors which will be great.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have met many volunteers and employees of Summit County FOA and I'm so amazed at the level of dedication and passion that they throw into their work. Don Miller (volunteer) is a friend and co-worker and he always sings the praises of FOA. I have been into the store at Tanger outlet mall and observe the incredible positive energy and love that Cathy and her staff of employees and volunteers give to the dogs and cats there and the people who come into the store. I have participated in some of the fund raisers too and the volunteers and staff are all first-rate!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fundraisers and the store and I know volunteers and employees.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

volunteer some of my time!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Where to start is the question. I have had several very positive experiences with Summity County FOA. Charlene Brewster deserves a BIG hand for finding a wonderful Springer Spaniel for my friends who lost both of their dogs in a car accident three years ago. The concern and caring shown by the entire staff is amazing as it extends not only to the animals but to all of us humans as well. My grandson rescued a pit bull and FOA, was there every step of the way to insure that (Twigg) the dog had all his shots, was microchipped and nuetered. I have been a donor and will continue to donate to FOA.
The entire organization is staffed by the most incredible people that I have had the pleasure to meet. They work very hard and very long hours to help the animals. No one deserves the prize more than this group of people. They are AWESOME!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the care and concern for the animals as well as the adoptive parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more people to volunteer and to adopt from FOA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the first meeting to organize a Friends of Animals group in Summit County. As I remember, it was held at the home of Clair Weiss. There were about 12 women there and the meeting took place a long time ago, 25-30 years. From that informal kitchen-table meeting a fabulous organization has been formed. This is an animal lovin' community!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends and neighbors acquiring wonderful pets.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope to increase donations and bequests.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at Friends of the Animals were just wonderful in helping me find the perfect dog for me. After 6 weeks of looking I found just the perfect dog for me. He is my forever furry friend. I have been so inspired by them that I have become a donor and a volunteer when time permits. The staff are kind and sensitive to humans and animals. What a great service for our community to have this available to everyone who is looking for a pet.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The hard work and kindness shows every time I have been at either site. Great attitudes and help for everyone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding to help the staff be paid for all the work they do to make this successful for years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In our town of Park City we have an extraordinary number of people that have adopted dogs from Friends of the Animals Utah. Not only have I adopted a dog, I have also fostered them. The Friends of the Animals Utah have established a great system of fostering animals of all ages and they have a great adoption success rate as a result. Adoption has become a given in our town thanks to FOA Utah's proactive approach to reaching out to the community to educate them in the benefits of adopting, volunteering and contributing to the organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fostering and adopting

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I interacted with lots of wonderful people who shared an interest in the welfare of homeless animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

A feeling of satisfaction that I made a difference to the wellbeing of stressed animals that had been deserted.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a resident of Park City for 28 years. When I first came to town there were stray cats and dogs all over town...With an itinerant winter population that came to work at the resorts and restaurants, came many "cute puppies and kittens" that were purchased or acquired during their stay for the winter, but once the spring came and the jobs ended, those folks returned to their countries but couldn't or didn't take their pets with them.
Since Friends of the Animals has been in town, many many formerly homeless pets have found homes...it is a rare occasion to see a stray cat or dog wandering through town.
I have had first hand experience with them since up until 6 years ago, I regularly fostered dogs at my home. I had 9 foster dogs and 1 litter of 3 puppies before I actually became the owner of a fostered dog that couldn't me adopted. Due to the nature of that dog, I couldn't foster any more.
What I find amazing is HOW MANY people in this town have dogs they have acquired from FOAU. Almost everyone you speak to walking a dog has a story to tell about how they found their pet through FOAU.
What's more...they take in and rehabilitate where necessary, and find homes for all sorts of other pets from turtles to horses.
The FOAU provides a huge service to our community in Summit County.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fostering a number of dogs, and acquiring one through FOAU.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more money for further outreach in our community and in the surrounding county.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Summit County Friends is an amazing organization. I am a huge animal fan and have two rescue dogs myself. I enjoy going to Furburbia and seeing how well they take care of the animals. I have friends who foster animals and I know kids that volunteer to walk the dogs. Their new rescue ranch is a great accomplishment! This organization is definitely dedicated to animals of all types. Those who run the organization are high energy, "get things done for the animals kinds of people." I am a fan!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I visit Furburbia often to see the great work that they are doing. Friends have adopted animals from there and are very happy!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to do more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to furburbia several times to find a pet that would fit our family. the volunteers have always been helpful, we eventually found a cat that healed our heart ache and has more personality than any pet I have ever had.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting a pet. their kindness and helpfulness

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

My sister has adopted two dogs (at separate times) over the last 5 years through FOA and had an amazing experience each time. The staff genuinely cares about the animals and wants to ensure they have a good homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By observing my sister's experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional financing so more pets can be rescued.

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